Exercise and Self Esteem

Self-esteem is defined as ” The experience of being capable of meeting life’s challenges and being worthy of happiness.”1 Exercising greatly enhances a person’s self esteem and mental outlook while reducing stress. Self-esteem is a critical component of any program aimed at self-improvement program. It offers hope to correcting these problems. A close relationship has been documented between low self-esteem and such problems as violence, alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, suicide, and low academic achievement.2 It is never too late to start a work out program as a way to best build toward the goal of improved self image, and always too early to stop exercising. Early on in the attitude adjustment process periodic exercise is necessary for good physical and mental health. The focus of this article is to explain how exercise improves a person’s self image. Sudden, seasonal, bursts of energy towards getting in shape come and go with the ever-changing weather. What is important is that maintaining some form of physical exercising, beyond ones every day cycle, helps reduce anxiety while building emotional strength. How? Physical strain weakens pent-up, nervous, energy; that would otherwise fester and brew harshly within a person’s psyche. One theory is that endorphins, a chemical the pituitary gland produced during vigorous exercise improves one’s mood. Regular exercise also decreases the risk for chronic health conditions such as heart...

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